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iSoftBet and LeoVegas.it partner up

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Operator to have access to all iSoftBet’s premium slot catalogue

iSoftBet, the leading online and mobile casino content provider, has signed an agreement that will see its full portfolio of proprietary slot content available with LeoVegas.it.

LeoVegas.it customers will now be able to play all iSoftBet’s premium titles, including newest release The Golden City, as well as fan favourites Merlin’s Magic Mirror and Vegas High Roller.

The Italian-facing operator will also have access to a host of advanced marketing and real-time gamification tools, such as In-Game.

iSoftBet is certified in 16 of the world’s largest regulated and emerging territories and provides brands with the highest quality casino games and maximum speed to market.

Paola Maia, Operations Manager at LeoVegas.it, said: “iSoftBet have a reputation for developing highly exciting and immersive content, and we are very eager to offer its games to our customers.

“The innovative gamification toolkit, In-Game, is a highly impressive collection of features, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “LeoVegas are one of the biggest operators in the industry, and we are delighted to partner with them in the Italian regulated market.

“This is a very exciting time for us, and we are always looking to expand in regulated markets. Our content has been well received across the globe, and we look forward to strengthening our presence in Italy further with LeoVegas.it.”

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From strength to strength, Ivo Doroteia, CEO of Sportingtech, looks at the growing prominence of Portugal’s betting market

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Ivo Doroteia, CEO of Sportingtech, looks at the growing prominence of Portugal’s betting market and the country’s prospects for becoming an established presence in Europe

The Portuguese market is one that has often operated in the shadow of its neighbor, Spain. With good reason: a much larger country, it possesses a player base that dwarfs Portugal’s and has always historically been further ahead in terms of regulating online gambling.

Prospects for a narrowing of the gap between the two came following the introduction of a regulated online framework in 2015, though optimism for positive change in Portugal was initially met with skepticism in equal measure. The naysayers were inevitably proved wrong; today, market growth is clear to see, with several high-profile operators performing well in the region, even in comparison to other, much larger European countries.

From my perspective, this was expected – Portugal’s land-based industry has always been robust, with bricks-and-mortar casinos consistently displaying good numbers for the likes of lottery and bingo, and the renaissance of sports betting is just another string to the market’s bow.

These past 18 months have seen a dramatic shift in fortunes for the Portuguese market – figures from Q4 2020 onwards show strong growth for gambling in the country, with sports betting leading the charge. The growth can be attributed to a number of factors, including Covid-induced lockdowns benefiting the shift from land-based to online and a changing of fiscal policies in 2020 removing the higher rates of tax for betting and gaming.

Whatever the cause, it is clear today that the presence of top-tier industry players now makes Portugal an extremely attractive proposition indeed, and no one is better positioned to take advantage of this fact than Sportingtech, with its extensive knowledge of the market and varied range of leading sports betting platforms.

Portugal is a country with sports at its heart, and now it has an effective means to bet on it. Questions have been raised about the long-term viability of this growth, some suggesting that a post-lockdown world will revert to type, with land-based betting once again taking precedent.

I disagree with this sentiment – the ingredients for sustained success are very much present in Portugal and I see no reason to suggest that this market will be anything other than a bastion for sports betting on the worldwide stage. The difficult battle, acquisition, has already been won – retention is now the market’s key directive. Sportingtech’s Quantum platform is expertly placed to assist in this – Quantum Power, for instance, is designed to improve and boost both player acquisition and retention and is a fully localized product, featuring open APIs for full integration and customization.

The sharp increase in numbers will level out in time, but this is to be expected. What the market must do to future-proof the progress it has made is provide stability with robust and scalable platforms. This, combined with high-quality content and good UI/UX, will provide a workable framework for a continuation of current trends. This would, in turn, attract even more tier-one operators who, once established with a tried-and-true platform like Quantum, could fuel the second wave of growth.

Online gambling in Portugal has now established itself, and emphatically so. While proceeding with caution, the market must take constructive steps to solidify its position as a potential cornerstone of the European industry. Putting faith in the platforms that have already proved they are worthy of fuelling growth, such as Quantum, is one such step. The stage is set for this market to truly make its mark on the betting industry: underestimate it at your peril.

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Digitain’s Fast Games Receive Go-ahead from MGA

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Digitain has been granted a licence by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) for its full range of Fast Games.

The MGA license is widely considered one of the most respected in the world. Holding this license is a vote of confidence that the operator is transparent, fair, honest and operating within EU rules. If an operator has been granted the Malta Gaming License, it is assumed and understood they have satisfied a series of intensive, tough and thorough tests.

Hayk Sargsyan, Gaming Product Manager of Digitain, said: “The MGA license opens new perspectives for our Company on the way to achieving our goals.

“In 2022, our Fast Games will benefit from dedicated promotional activity at ICE in London and we believe the MGA license will help us cement new business with potential partners for this suite of innovative games.”

Earlier this year, Hayk Sargsyan talked in an exclusive interview with Focus Gaming News over the growth of fast games. “Our aim is to deliver a stream of fresh, entertaining and engaging content to our partners and customers,” Sargsyan told Focus Gaming News.

One area where Digitain’s studio is taking strides is fast games, which Sargsyan sees as a major growth area due to customers’ desire for a quick escape.

“Based on our research fast games are gaining more popularity among players worldwide as people with the intention to enjoy their free time tend to enjoy games that don’t really need much skill,” he said.

Sargsyan sees a need to keep things as simple as possible for new players but has also decided to develop games such as blackjack and roulette in the near future.

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Better Collective Appoints Pernille Holbøll as Senior Director of Group Media & Branding

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Better Collective AS has announced the appointment of Pernille Holbøll as Senior Director of Group Media & Branding.

Holbøll will join Better Collective senior management from 1 March 2022, as she finalises her duties as Editor-in-Chief of Danish tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

A figurehead in Danish media and journalism, Holbøll has formerly served as Head of News Publishing for MetroXpress and Managing Editor of TV2 Denmark.

Better Collective disclosed that it had created a new position for Holbøll, that will see her charged with spearheading the global media profile and brand coverage of the publisher’s multi-brand portfolio.

Holbøll will take leadership of Better Collective’s media development, as the company seeks to aggressively expand its US sports profile and enhance its standing within the new vertical of esports.

“Better Collective’s story is simply impressive. It is a very ambitious Danish listed company with a global presence and their biggest victories ahead of them. At the same time, they have a progressive strategy, which I strongly believe in,” Holbøll said.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of the team. It is also a conscious industry change for me, so it is also with great humility that I now have to test my skills in a new industry, where my experience with management, digitization and media must be used to build on the company’s ambition to make igaming entertaining, transparent and fair,” she added.

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